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Edinburgh is Scotland’s buzzing and bustling capital. You’ll find an epic comedy culture, Medieval architecture and a host of exciting activities that are sure to make your hen do in Edinburgh a weekend to remember.
What To Expect During A Edinburgh Hen Do?
The Scots are renowned for their love of a good party. The pub is the social spot for many a-local, so you’ll fit in well if you’re looking to enjoy a wee tipple or go heavy with a night on the Royal Mile.
For hens looking for a good laugh, Edinburgh is packed with comedy clubs and is famous for the Edinburgh Fringe Festival which takes place every August. This is the chance to catch your favourite comedians and discover new ones too! Even if you’re not visiting during festival seasonl, you’ll find a host of fantastic comedy venues that you and the girls can really get your giggle on with.
Must-Try Scottish Delicacies
Scotland may not feel like an exotic trip to the other side of the world, but it certainly has its fair share of quirky delicacies. It’s the home of the battered Mars bar and the tiny Scotch pie. You’ll find traditional haggis, black pudding and the staple fish supper.
If you’ve got a super sweet tooth, you’ve got to pick up some tablet during your Edinburgh hen do. It’s the Scot’s answer to fudge, yet it’s probably like...a zillion times sweeter! Originating from the 18th century, this age-old sweet is sure to pump up your sugar levels and have you salivating for more.
Edinburgh’s Magical Secret
If you’re a fan of everyone’s favourite wizard, Harry Potter, then you’re in the right place. This city is rumoured to be the inspiration behind JK Rowling’s top-selling franchise. From the higgledy piggledy (diagon) alleyways to Greyfires Kirkyard — home to a number of graves of names you’ll find in the books — Edinburgh is full of magical secrets. Oh, and it’s where JK Rowling wrote the books too!
If you’re new to the city then you might want to consider a bus tour at the beginning of your Edinburgh hen weekend. And what better way to enjoy the sights than on a magical Harry Potter themed bus?! It’s a close call between this and the Hogwarts express so buckle up and immerse yourself in a fun wizarding tour that comes with a delightful spread of afternoon tea! (Could it get any better?!) There'll be chocolate frogs, jellybeans and I-Can’t-Believe-It’s-Not-Butter-Beer. What are you waiting for?
Do you love cocktails? Well, this immersive magical themed cocktail experience is a must! Located in the quirky and atmospheric pub at The Cauldron in Edinburgh, this cocktail class will see you using molecular mixology to whip up steamy potions and tantalising cocktails. You’ll don witches’ robes and authentic wands so you can really get into the spooky spirit of things. You can opt for the ruby or jade package.
In between exploring the stunning Edinburgh Castle and strolling around the Old Town, you’ll want to dive into some fun Edinburgh hen do activities to really get all your gals into the party spirit. We have a fantastic selection of top experiences that’ll help the bride-to-be let her hair down before the big day and get everyone bonding!
The afternoon tea bus is a best seller, and we can see why! Not only will you be able to put your feet up as you and the girls take a tour of this historical city, but you’ll get an indulgent selection of cakes, sandwiches, scones and, of course, tea! This 90-minute tour will take you around the hilly, twisty roads and past Medieval architecture. Spot the Edinburgh Castle, soar through the Old Town and past the Palace of Holyroodhouse. There’ll be a guide to point out top landmarks as well as give you advice on where to visit during your hen weekend in Edinburgh. Oh, and did we mention, you’ll also receive a glass of Prosecco, so you can dive right in and get those bubbles flowing?
You’re in Edinburgh, of course you’ve got to immerse yourself in the mini Highland experience! For those who don’t know, this is a hilarious activity run by the clever people at Great Away Days. You and your best gals will dive into a wacky two hours of Scottish-themed games including The Haggis Malt Challenge, The Farmer’s Dash and Hurling the Wellies. There will be prizes up for grabs, so this is a great way of injecting some friendly competition into your Edinburgh hen do as well as break the ice. Top points for the best Scottish outfit!
Unleash your crazy side with a hilarious bubble mayhen experience in Edinburgh. Each of you will climb into your own giant inflatable zorb and you’ll need to bump, roll and slam into each other to win! There will be a referee on site to keep track of scores and hand out forfeits to the losers. Trust us, you’ll all be in hysterics at the end!
For something totally different from the norm, why not try out a creative graffiti art masterclass during your Edinburgh hen weekend? This isn’t just a standard art class. You and the girls will be getting hands-on with spray paint and creating epic murals in the great outdoors. An experienced and professional street art instructor will give you a deep dive into the world of graffiti. They’ll tell you fascinating facts and teach you top techniques used by the pros. The wall will be your canvas and the aerosol cans will be your paintbrush. You’ll be collaborating together on this one to create your very own masterpiece.
Perhaps you and the girls want a night in, after all, you’ve deserved it! Luckily for you, staying in is the new going out, so we have lots of fantastic experiences for you to enjoy from your very own home or hen house accommodation. You can hire a cheeky butler to entertain you for the evening. Or, book a morning mobile yoga class. The instructor will come to your accommodation and get you all feeling the zen vibes. Alternatively, if you have mates on the other side of the world or want to keep it simple, book a virtual experience that you can enjoy via the power of the internet!
Brilliant place and the bar tender was a good. They didn't have the pre-order for the extra person but I was kind of expecting that, as it was only booked a few days before, but when I mentioned it to them they were fine and made the extra meal.
Despite a raining day both activities were good fun and the place was well run
We had a great masterclass with Hamish - so much fun and lots of giggles! Would highly recommend!
Fantastic event for people of all ages and abilities as there is something for everyone. We took part in snow wind and rain and didn’t stop laughing from the moment we started until we all dropped cold back in the cabin to enjoy our well deserved bottle of prosecco! The team there and our man Giles was fantastic and kept the games moving and spirits up despite the horrible conditions. Would definitely recommend if your up for a laugh and want to try something different as a group
“Shaken, not stirred” is one of the most well-known phrases in cinematic history and an Edinburgh-born actor spoke those very words as one of the longest-running actors to play James Bond, Sean Connery. Born in Fountainbridge Edinburgh, Sean Connery even had a tattoo of Scotland to pay homage to this amazing place.
Another famous Scottish actor is Iain Glen, who was born in Edinburgh and starred in Game of Thrones and Resident Evil. It seems that a lot of great actors hail from Edinburgh as we’ve got another celeb to add to the list. Ian Richardson is most known for his role in House of Cards (the original British version), as well as this he was a leading Shakespearean actor on stage.
Whether you’re after a fancy restaurant or want more of a chilled evening in a pub, Edinburgh has something for everyone. You can pick up some traditional Scottish food or go continental with some independent restaurants serving up delicious foods from around the world. Here are some top restaurants to get you started.
Revolution, 30A Chambers Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1HU, UK
Why not combine a tasty two-course meal with a fun cocktail making masterclass? At Revolution, you can do just that. Get your best gals together and learn to whip up your favourite tipples. An experienced mixologist will show you the ropes before letting you get hands-on experimenting with spirits and mixers. Will you master the martini or nail the Negroni? Even if you’re cocktail making skills aren’t up to scratch, you’ll still enjoy tasting them before sitting down to a delicious two-course meal where you can toast to the bride-to-be.
3C York Place, Edinburgh EH1 3EB
If you love coffee, there’s no doubt you’ll want to enjoy an indulgent cup of fresh coffee from one of Edinburgh’s finest independent cafes, Fortitude Coffee. Situated in Edinburgh’s New Town, this coffee shop is a bright and airy space where you and the girls can put your feet up during a day of shopping or to get your caffeine hit after a big night out the town. The best seats are in the windows, so we highly recommend booking a seat in advance!
103-105 West Bow, Edinburgh EH1 2JP
If you’re looking for a super-duper healthy kick for brunch, then Hula Juice Bar & Gallery has to be at the top of your list. With a range of healthy juices, smoothies and acai bowls as well as wraps, salads and soups this is the lunch that’ll pull you out of your hangover and get you re-fuelled ready for a fantastic afternoon exploring the city.
267 Canongate, Royal Mile, Edinburgh, Midlothian EH8 8BQ
For something upmarket and a little fancy, head to Wedgewood The Restaurant. Located on Edinburgh’s Royal Mile, this eatery was founded by TV chef, Paul Wedgewood. You can expect an exquisite menu filled with Scottish classics as well as some modern twists. Think spiced Monkfish, Inverness venison and a very stick toffee pudding for dessert. There’s also an extensive wine menu and a selection of tasty starters. You’ll want your best dress for this one!
120 Dundas St, Edinburgh EH3 5DQ
If you love Italian food, then we recommend One-20 Wine Bar for your Edinburgh hen do meal. Classy yet not wildly over-budget, this restaurant serves up an authentic yet modern Italian menu packed with flavour and delicious carbs. Mm, yes, we love carbs! You can choose the lasagne, smoked Scottish salmon, the wild mushroom tagliatelle — to name a few! Pop in for a coffee, a quick brunch or a delicious evening meal.
10 Melville Pl, Edinburgh EH3 7PR
For a homely and totally delicious dining experience head to The Painted Rooster in Edinburgh. They do everything from delicious bagels, freshly baked cakes and homemade dumplings. You can sit around a table with the girls and catch up with a bowl of hearty soup or a sweet pumpkin spiced latte. Yum!
During your hen do in Edinburgh, we’re sure you and the girls will want to put on your dancing shoes and hit the dancefloor. Luckily, Edinburgh is buzzing with clubs and bars for you to get the drinks in and toast to the bride-to-be.
The Liquid Rooms in Edinburgh is one of the cities longest running nightclubs. It hosts a variety of gigs and club night every day of the week, so make sure to check out the calendar and decide which evening would suit the bride-to-be the most! Located on Victoria street in Edinburgh, you’ll be closed to the Edinburgh Castle and the University, so you can expect easy transport and lots of other bars to choose from too!
When in Edinburgh, you’ve to sample some of the local comedy. The Stand Comedy Club located on the edge of New Town is a long-standing venue that has seen a host of legendary comedians including Billy Connolly, Al Murray and Stewart Lee. This cosy club will have you and the girls in fits of giggles as you listen to some top-class stand up performers as well as newbies.
Located at the heart of Edinburgh’s Old Town, The Cabaret Voltaire is a loud and proud music venue hosting all sorts of exciting gig and club nights. Set in an underground cellar with stone vaults and arches, this quirky nightclub will have you and the girls raving your hearts out to some killer tunes and dancing the night away.
If you don’t fancy clubbing, you can still have a smashing time at 4042 in Edinburgh with a friendly game of ping pong! This trendy and alternative underground bar is set up with ping pong tables and a bar, so you can the girls can sip on bubbly while going head-to-head pinging balls backwards and forwards. Perhaps the losers needs to buy the drinks?
As Scotland’s capital city, it’s guaranteed that there’ll be something happening all year round. Generally, the summer months in the UK are busier, with the winter making way for local festive markets and cosy evenings at the pub. However, if you do want to time your Edinburgh hen do for a big event, look no further!
Edinburgh Fringe Festival
The summer months bring the famous Edinburgh Fringe Festival that attracts all sorts of artists, performers and creative folk to this amazing city. Heading here at this time will be incredibly busy so make sure you book accommodation in advance to avoid disappointment. The city will be buzzing with live performances from comedy acts to improv shows, gigs to public speakers. It’s best to grab your tickets early so you you miss out!
Edinburgh International Book Festival
Bookworms will love timing their Edinburgh hen do with the city’s annual International Book Festival. This is the place where writers from all over the world come to celebrate their books and meet their readers! You can attend speaking events, book signings and meet new and immerging talent.
The Scottish are known for their epic New Year’s Eve celebrations. They often go well on into the early hours, so if you’re in Edinburgh for your hen do at the end of December, you’ll definitely want to catch the Hogmany. It’s basically a massive street party with live performances, clubbing and fireworks. It’s not to be missed!
Edinburgh is well connected. Whether you’re flying in by plane, or travelling up by train, there’s always an easy way to get to Scotland’s capital city.
The city has an excellent tram system that connects Edinburgh airport to New Town. There’s a great bus system and an endless swarm of taxis ready to whisk you off to your destination or drop you home after a night out.
Now you’re all caught up on what there is to see and do for your Edinburgh hen party there’s only one thing for it and that’s to book onto some great activities! Once you’ve chosen one, or a few, that take your fancy all that’s left to do is enquire. Just fill out the short enquiry form on the activity page where you can input the number of guests attending, the date and the time you wish to go on your activity before clicking the enquire button. Once you do and you’re all signed up, this sends a direct message to the activity provider who’ll get back to you regarding availability. From your fizzbox inbox you can message the activity provider directly and ask them any burning questions you have about the event or clarity on any details – simple!
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